|Aim and Activities|
NORDICOM is a knowledge centre for the area of media and communication research, a cooperation
between the five countries of the Nordic region - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Starting from
academic research, Nordicom collects and adapts knowledge, mediating it to various user groups in the Nordic
region, Europe and elsewhere in the world. Nordicom's work aims at developing media studies and at helping to
ensure that research results are made visible in the treatment of media issues at different levels in both the
public and private sector. Nordicom is an institution that operates under the auspices of the Nordic Council of
Nordicom's activities are based on broad and extensive network of contacts and collaboration with
members of the research community, media companies, politicians, regulators, teachers, librarians, and so
forth, around the world. The activities at Nordicom are characterized by three main working areas.
Nordicom publishes a Nordic journal, Nordicom Information, and an English language journal, Nordicom Review (refereed), as well as anthologies and 'occational papers' in both Nordic and English languages. Different research databases concerning, among other things, scientific literature and ongoing research are updated continuously and are available on the Internet. Nordicom has the character of a hub of Nordic cooperation in media research. Making Nordic research in the field of mass communication and media studies known to colleagues and others outside the region, and weaving and supporting networks of collaboration between the Nordic research communities and colleagues abroad are two prime facets of the Nordicom work.
The documentation services are based on work performed in national documentation centers attached to the universities in Aarhus, Denmark; Tampere, Finland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Bergen, Norway; and Göteborg, Sweden.
Nordicom compiles and collates media statistics for the whole of the Nordic region. The statistics, together with qualified analyses, are published in the series, Nordic Media Trends. Besides statistics on output and consumption, the statistics provide data on media ownership and the structure of the industries as well as national regulatory legislation. Today, the Nordic region constitutes a common market in the media sector, and we note a widespread need for impartial, comparable basic data. These services are based on a Nordic network of contributing institutions.
Nordicom gives the Nordic countries a common voice in European and international networks and institutions that inform media and cultural policy. At the same time, Nordicom keeps Nordic users abreast of developments in the sector outside the region, particularly developments in the European Union and the Council of Europe.
At the request of UNESCO, Nordicom started the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media in 1997. The work of the Clearinghouse aims at increasing our knowledge of children, youth and media and, thereby, at providing the basis for relevant decision-making, at contributing to constructive public debate and at promoting children's and young people's media literacy. It is also hoped that the work of the Clearinghouse will stimulate additional research on children, youth and media. The Clearinghouse's activities have as their basis a global network of 1000 or so participants in more than 125 countries, representing not only the academia, but also, e.g., the media industries, politics and a broad spectrum of voluntary organizations.
In yearbooks, newsletters and survey articles the Clearinghouse has an ambition to broaden and contextualize knowledge about children, young people and media literacy. The Clearinghouse seeks to bring together and make available insights concerning children's and young people's relations with mass media from a variety of perspectives.
|Nordicom is financed through contributions from the governments of the Nordic countries
and grants from the Nordic Council of Ministers, payment for services commissioned by other regional and international
organizations, and revenue from sale of our publications.